Secret Service hid details of car accident involving the vice president

The Washington Post revealed that Vice President Kamala Harris was involved in a traffic accident this week. However, the paper noted that a Secret Service report on the incident is raising questions.

The accident was initially attributed to “mechanical failure”

According to the Post, Harris was traveling to work on Monday morning when the SUV she was riding in collided with the curb of a downtown tunnel.

Two people who were described as being familiar with the event stated that the vehicle’s tire had to be replaced while Harris was put in a different vehicle.

The Post reported that this information was curiously excluded from an alert provided to the Secret Service’s senior leadership.

Rather than mentioning driver error, the message said that “a mechanical failure” had necessitated Harris’ transfer to another vehicle. It was not until Monday afternoon that Secret Service Director Kim Cheatle was provided with an accurate account of what had occurred.

The Post quoted Secret Service spokesman Anthony Guglielmi as saying that Harris’ driver “had a minor overcorrection and struck a curb.”

“The protectee was transferred to a secondary vehicle, and the motorcade continued to its destination. There were no injuries to anyone,” he continued.

“Initial radio traffic indicated this was a mechanical failure, and that was communicated to agency leadership by personnel supporting the motorcade movement,” Guglielmi noted.

“After the protective movement was completed, leadership was verbally updated with additional pertinent facts that the vehicle struck a curb.”

Secret Service falsely attributed the 2011 White House shooting to gang violence

For her part, Harris spokeswoman Kirsten Allen also addressed the accident in a statement of her own, saying, “The Vice President sustained no injuries and appreciates the quick response by her USSS detail to get her to the White House safely.”

This is not the first time the Secret Service has provided inaccurate information, with the Post recalling a 2011 incident in which the agency falsely attributed a 2011 shooting at the White House to gang violence.

The shooter was later identified as one Oscar R. Ortega-Hernandez and was found to be deliberately targeting the White House. Ortega-Hernandez managed to hit the building multiple times using a semi-automatic rifle.